Fall means many things to many people, but to me, the shorter days and crisp air signal the beginning of the holiday baking season. Whether you’re an actual baker or an armchair sweet tooth, you will enjoy these books.
Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan
This beautiful, accessible volume from James Beard Award-winner Greenspan features hundreds of yummy recipes and a novice-friendly glossary of terms and techniques.
A World of Cake: 150 Recipes for Sweet Traditions from Cultures Near and Far by Krystina Castella
This delightful title – more anthropology lesson than cookbook – offers recipes (and mouthwatering photos) for everything from Cajun king cake to Greek vasilopita.
High Altitude Baking: 200 Delicious Recipes & Tips for Perfect High Altitude Cookies, Cakes, Breads & More
Until I discovered this indispensable book, I’d never baked a normal-looking cookie. This is a must-read for high country bakers.
What’s New, Cupcake? by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson
The recipes in this book are meant to be simple and made with mostly store-bought mixes, frostings, and candies, but the photos of artful cupcakes throughout this book are the real treat.
Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong by Jen Yates
If your cake decorating skills are as lackluster as mine, this hysterical book of ugly, weird, and downright creepy professional cakes will make you feel better. A follow-up book, Wreck the Halls: When Cake Wrecks Get Festive, will be out just in time for the holidays.